case·​load | \ ˈkās-ˌlōd How to pronounce caseload (audio) \

Definition of caseload

: the number of cases handled (as by a court or clinic) usually in a particular period

Examples of caseload in a Sentence

We have a heavy caseload today.
Recent Examples on the Web The closures have increased the caseload for Fund Texas Choice, a statewide nonprofit. Washington Post, "For some Texans, nearest abortion clinic is 250 miles away," 9 Sep. 2019 The department is formulating policies to lessen the caseloads of internal affairs investigators, according to court filings submitted as part of the consent agreement. Jessica Anderson,, "Baltimore Police struggle to investigate their own, new consent decree report says," 23 July 2019 Counties with smaller caseloads have more flexibility and time to identify prisoners' cases without receiving a request to pause payments. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Some Michigan prisoners rack up tens of thousands in debt. It's avoidable.," 5 Sep. 2019 These struggles were compounded by mental health professionals dealing with large caseloads, treating as many as 25 children at a time. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Watchdog details psychological trauma among migrant children separated from families," 4 Sep. 2019 The report says the department currently has 1,119 social workers, but will need an additional 56 social workers and 15 social work supervisors in order to get to the target caseload. Kathleen Megan,, "Federal monitor’s report reflects continuing concerns about DCF, but progress being made," 24 Aug. 2019 The records show the veteran jurist had 187 cases pending on his docket at July’s end, far more than any other judge in the building and nearly double the average caseload of his fellow judges. Cory Shaffer,, "One Cuyahoga County judge’s contribution to jail crowding: 13 inmates awaiting trial for more than 400 days," 19 Aug. 2019 Since then, the immigration court caseload has spiked to more than 900,000 cases, and ICE has more than 50,000 migrants in custody each day, a record. Author: Maria Sacchetti, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration to expand its power to deport undocumented immigrants," 23 July 2019 King said the shortfall was caused in part because of a $5 million cut to the JAC in the current budget, combined with an increased caseload due to the fallout from a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that dismantled how Florida handled death penalty cases. Gray Rohrer,, "Shortfall leaves attorneys, court reporters in lurch as DeSantis ponders budget," 13 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'caseload.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of caseload

1923, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about caseload

Statistics for caseload

Last Updated

27 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for caseload

The first known use of caseload was in 1923

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for caseload


How to pronounce caseload (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of caseload

: the number or amount of cases handled by a court, social worker, etc.


case·​load | \ ˈkās-ˌlōd How to pronounce caseload (audio) \

Medical Definition of caseload

: the number of cases handled (as by a clinic) in a particular period


case·​load | \ ˈkās-ˌlōd How to pronounce caseload (audio) \

Legal Definition of caseload

: the number of cases handled (as by a court or a lawyer) often in a particular period

More from Merriam-Webster on caseload

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with caseload

Comments on caseload

What made you want to look up caseload? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


something of little or no value

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Pass the Little Ribbons: A Pasta Word Quiz

  • rotelle pasta
  • Match the pasta to its meaning in English: Rotelle
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!